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1,500 HCS high school freshmen explore careers during the 2nd annual My Future, My Journey Career Exploratory Program

High school freshmen from all four high schools had the opportunity to explore over a hundred careers during the My Future, My Journey Career Exploratory Program on December 13, 2018.  The event was held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center.  Over 1,500 students attended exhibits and demonstrations from more than 100 businesses and community partners.

This opportunity is designed to introduce students to many college and career paths and to allow them to gain a deeper understanding of each particular career pathway through engaging and interactive activities.

Legislators were invited to attend to view the experiences that are available to the students during the program.  Delegate Gordon Helsel, Senator Monty Mason, and Senator Mamie Locke attended, as well as Emily Weisenberger from Delegate Marcia Price’s office. School Board members Ann Cherry, Joe Kilgore, Richard Mason, and Jason Samuels were also in attendance.

Businesses and community partners who participated include:

Academy of Architecture, Environment, and Engineering
Academy of Cybersecurity, Engineering, and Robotics
Academy of Digital Video Production
Academy of Entrepreneurship and Information Design
Academy of Health, Human, and Financial Services
Academy of Hospitality and Tourism
Academy of Law and Public Safety
Academy of Media Arts & Design
Academy of Teaching, Learning, and Education
Academy of Technology and Engineering
Academy of the Advanced College Experience
Alesha Brown, The Joy Guru
Alternatives, Inc.
Beauty for Ashes Contemporary School of Dance
Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital
Canon Virginia Inc.
Casemate Museum of Fort Monroe
Casey Auto Group
City of Newport News
Clancy & Theys Construction Company
Colonna Shipyard, Inc.
Communications in Marketing Department-TNCC
Culinary Institute of Virginia
DJ West Entertainment, LLC.
Downtown Hampton Child Development Center
East Coast Polytechnic Institute - ECPI
Entreprenuership in Music and the Arts
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Frog-Skin, LLC
Gift Opener, LLC
Goodwill Industries International
Hampton City Attorney
Hampton City Schools - PEG TV
Hampton Commonwealth Attorney's Office
Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau
Hampton Department of Human Services
Hampton Division of Fire and Rescue
Hampton Emergency Management
Hampton Family YMCA
Hampton Healthy Families
Hampton Police Division
Hampton Roads Convention Center (SMG)
Hampton Roads Educators' Credit Union
Hampton Roads Jobs for Life Network
Hampton Roads Sanitation District
Hampton Roads Transit
Hampton Sheriff's Office
Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board
Hudson + Associates Architects PLLC
Integrity Staffing Services
Intellec Techs
International Baccalaureate Programme/Hampton City Schools
J Smith Enterprises - McDonald's Restaurants
Jefferson Science Associates, LLC
Knead to Heal LLC DBA Vital Wellness and Fitness
Liberty University School of Aeronautics
Lumos Networks
Maritime Academy
MarkFive Studios
Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center
Minton & Roberson Inc.
NASA Langley Research Center
New Art by CJ Epps, LLC
New Horizons Regional Education Center
Newport News Shipbuilding
Onstage: Performing Arts Academy
Orthopedic & Spine Center
Pancopia Resourceful Sustainable Solutions
Pariser Dermatology Specialists
Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA
Phoebus High School
Primerica Financial Services
Prism Contractors & Engineers, Inc.
Public Relations/Journalism
Sentara College of Health Sciences
SMART Center
Sushe Design
Tecnico Corporation
The American Theatre and Charles Taylor Visual Arts Center
The Apprentice School
The Goode-Dance Project/ Middleton Academy Dance
The Governor's Health Sciences Academy
The Hampton University School of Nursing
The Mariners' Museum
The Neighborhood Harvest
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)
The Virginian-Pilot
Thomas Nelson Community College
Thomas Nelson Community College: Visual Arts Department
Thomas Nelson Human Services Program
Transportation, Analytic, Information, and Logistic Academy
United States Air Force
VersAbility Resources
Virginia Department of Transportation - VDOT
Virginia Maritime Association
Virginia Peninsula Photography
Virginia Port Authority
Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association
Virginia Space Grant Consortium
W. M. Jordan Company
Warwick Mechanical Group
Wells Fargo Finances Services Company
WHRO Public Media Corporate

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HCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or other protected classes in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Robbin G. Ruth, Executive Director, Human Resources, One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA 23669 757-727-2000. 

As stated in School Board Policy AC, Hampton City Schools (“HCS”) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, age, disability or other protected class in its programs, activities and employment practices and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  HCS also prohibits retaliation under School Board Policy GBAH for the purpose of interfering with a person’s rights and/or privileges under federal civil rights laws, which can include: (i) raising concerns with Division personnel about a civil rights violation; (ii) asserting a right or advocating for the rights of a student or employee under federal civil rights laws; or (iii) participating in a complaint investigation or related proceedings. 

All individuals are encouraged to promptly report any incident they believe to be discrimination, harassment or retaliation in violation of HCS School Board Policy.  All reports should be made to the HCS Compliance Officer, who also serves as the HCS Executive Director of Human Resources.  Upon receiving a report of alleged discrimination, harassment or retaliation, the Compliance Officer shall promptly authorize an investigation into the complaint, determine whether the alleged act occurred, and determine whether any action must be taken to end or prevent further harassment, discrimination, or retaliation.  For more information about this process, please review School Board Policy GBAB-R.    

Should you have any questions about these procedures or the contents of this notice, please contact Hampton City Schools Compliance Officer at: One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA  23669 or (757) 727-2300.  



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Please note that some pages on the HCS website contain links to third-party sites.  HCS is not responsible for the content, facts, opinions or accessibility of third-party sites.


The majority of pages in our site are available in HTML format that can be deciphered by screen readers. Some documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF), which require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.

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Also, many popular browsers contain built-in accessibility tools, and there are other plug-ins that make websites more accessible.

The HCS website is designed and monitored by HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, who serves as the gatekeeper for website content and accessibility.   The Webmaster is under the direction of the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, supervised by the Director of Graphics.
Web visitors using assistive technology who may have trouble accessing information on the website may contact the HCS Webmaster,, the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, and/or the Director of Graphics,

When submitting a question or concern via email, “accessibility” should be included in the subject line.  Every reasonable attempt will be made to address the user’s concern within twenty-four hours.  To assist HCS in responding appropriately, all inquiries should include the following information:

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HCS monitors all technology resource activity and requires all employees, students and individuals with access to HCS computer systems and networks to annually read and sign an Acceptable Use Policy.  See School Board Policy IIBEA for Students; School Board Policy GBBB for Employees.

Our continuing goal is for the HCS website to be accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and that statute's implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 104, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and that statute's implementing regulations at 28 C.F.R. Part 35.

Good faith efforts are being made to ensure that our website complies with web accessibility standards. In addition to the federal regulations above, we are actively working to conform to level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
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